The company said the Chapter 11 filing would enable the company to continue its operations at all locations as it begins a process to identify a buyer. The company's core engineering, project development and operations staff will remain in place during this process.
Alan Gotcher, Xtreme Power CEO, said that the company's general creditors would provide the necessary financing, including DIP financing, to enable the search for an appropriate acquirer to proceed. He also said that the Chapter 11 filing was structured to allow one of the company's creditors to file a stalking horse bid for the company in the event that alternative bids during the Chapter 11 process prove to be insufficient. The company is seeking a stalking horse bid by February 28, with a subsequent bankruptcy auction.
"We are very pleased," said Gotcher, "with the steps taken by our general creditors that are supporting our Chapter 11 process and ultimate sale of the company. With our industry-leading expertise, our world-class partnerships with other leading companies including GE Energy Storage, Samsung SDI and Duke Energy, I have no doubt new owners will find Xtreme Power an attractive acquisition, particularly given that we will be free and clear of liabilities."
Xtreme Power retained Gordian Group LLC to assist in the sale of the company. The move comes as interest in Xtreme Power continues to grow. Gotcher said that he predicts a speedy timeline for finding a new owner.